Membership is one of the most rewarding ways to experience Oneida County's past, present, and future.
Explore the impact of the Great War on Utica and Oneida County and the region's role in this international battle. This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the first World War.
Wednesday, September 12 at 5:30 pm- Early Maps of Rome

​Saturday, September 15 from 3:00-5:00 pm - Hispanic Heritage Month & Mohawk Valley Latino Association Annual Meeting

Wednesday, September 19 at 5:30 pm- The Mt. Vernon Glass Company; the Premier Glass Bottle Factory of Early Upstate New York

​Wednesday, September 26 at 5:30 pm- Underground Railroad: The 1836 Escape, Arrest, and Rescue in Utica of George and Harry Bird

Wednesday, October 3 at 5:00 pm-Historical Hall of Fame & Living Legends Awards Banquet at Hart's Hill 

Saturday, October 6 at 1:00 pm - Adirondack Mysteries, Volume 3 Book Signing

Saturday, October 13 at 1:00 pm - Golden Spirit, Golden Book: How Utica aided Poland in World War I

Saturday, October 20 at 1:00 pm - Our Italian Heritage in the Mohawk Valley with special guest Frank Tomaino

Saturday, October 27 at 1:00 pm - Ethnicity, Alliance, Family and War: Scots-Irish Immigration and Defense of the New York Frontier, 1740 to 1778

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Two New Exhibits Now on display!

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The Oneida County Historical Hall of Fame, begun in 1946, has named five individuals to its 2018 Historical Hall of Fame inductee class: Rear Admiral Samuel Livingston Breese, Utica Public Library Director Alice Cynthia Dodge, educator Anthony Schepsis, Clinton Hockey trailblazer Edward Stanley, and Utica sports editor and enthusiast Len Wilbur.  The Hall of Famers will be inducted alongside the 2018 Richard W. Couper ‘Living Legends’ class: Oneida County Historian Joseph P. Bottini, US Navy veteran and community advocate Edward Jackson, Reverend Joseph A. Salerno, and animal rights activist Anita Vitullo.  

All inductees will be honored at the History Center's annual Historical Hall of Fame/Living Legends Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Hart's Hill Inn on Wednesday, October 3, starting at 5:00 PM.  Tickets should be purchased in advance by calling the History Center at 315-735-3642 or by mail using the order form below.  Prices are $50 for current OCHC members, $60 for the general public, and $440 for tables of eight.  All proceeds benefit the Oneida County History Center.
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Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

*Fall Hours Start Oct. 1st* (Closed Sundays & Mondays)

Rediscover the golden age of downtown Utica. The streets were lined with wall to wall department stores, theaters, restaurants, and much more. Come relive your fondest memories.